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Grateful Dead Live at Pyramid Arena on 1995-04-01


Topics Live concert


Hell In A Bucket, Candyman, Take Me To The River*, Lazy River Road, When I Paint My Masterpiece**, Childhood's End, Deal Foolish Heart, Way To Go Home-> Saint Of Circumstance, Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Space-> The Wheel-> All Along The Watchtower-, Standing On the Moon, E: One More Saturday Night


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Pyramid Arena
Location Memphis, TN

Source Monitor Mix SBD -> DAT -> CDR-> EAC -> SHN

Notes

Monitor Mix SBD -> DAT -> CDR-> EAC -> SHN; via Rus K.

Reviews

Reviewer: Darrylizer - - February 2, 2013
Subject: Not that bad
There are far worse shows from 95 to choose from. Garcia is in terrible voice, sounding painful much of the time. His guitar playing tho nothing like it was even two years previous isn't bad. There are some very nice passages and as far as absolute enjoyment I'd give this show a kind 3. Once again the other members pick up the slack. As another reviewer noted in another show and I've said in other places too the drums and space segments from the eighties until the end kept getting better and better. This isn't a great one but it is interesting.
Reviewer: ktownhead - - January 12, 2013
Subject: The Pyramid Best/Worst Shows
It's 34 stories tall Glass/Steal Pyramid way to cool!!!! Set 1 April Fools Hell in A Bucket? Got yea!Played well. Jerry's vocals/playing were so on point in Candyman brought a tear to my eye even now 18 yrs. later crowd went crazy. LRR played/sang SO well its scary all members hit it. Masterpice Acc. all I could say then and now was wow Bob hit it. Phil did'nt over sing Childhoods all most forgot how well he can sing when he wants to.Deal very tight.But the Saint/eyes how sweet it was/is.D/S seemed to never stop.Wheel was to short for me but played well.Bob got funky with Vince very cool.Standing took me to the moon!OMSN more please!Now the next nigh Not even close friends and I joked saying the clones needed more time not quit right yet!But joking aside you could see just how Sick Jerry was Crazy Fingers "Well I Tried".He gave us all the night prior and was almost saying "I'm sorry I know it should be better than this(4-2)".These were the last shows I saw in the short time I seen them 89'/95',25+ shows?,550+ songs?,6 Venues in the Mid-West.Thank You GD
Reviewer: swampRatchild - - February 13, 2012
Subject: april fools
my last set of shows.i was so lucky to be at these had i known tis was it i would have borrowed the money to catch the rest of the tour.a+/GOOD SHOW!
Reviewer: agstwst33 - - September 7, 2011
Subject: Love it...
This show was sweet...but this review is cnick...stop being an asshole.These reviews are for WHATEVER people with REAL LoVe for the band can post what they feeL .....and p.s... Stop your hate .....
Reviewer: Cairo Benny - - March 20, 2011
Subject: Foolish Heart: Audience Tape vs. Soundboard
To begin with I consider this version the best I have heard though I have not heard the '03 Buckeye. My comment has to do with the sonics of the audience tape warping through the arena vaporizing my emotions as Jerry plays the notes against the walls bringing it all into a thrilling full bodied sea of glorious musical phenomena that isn't captured by the board. Like most DHs I carefully listen for my favorites and I really, really like this one. Also, in my listening to JGB shows and early '95 shows, they were on.
Reviewer: Jay Dog - - January 28, 2010
Subject: What a joy...
I went on the whole Spring Tour of 1995.What a blessing...granted not every show was dazzling but Oh... what a great time was had.God bless.
Reviewer: OldSchoolJersey - - October 26, 2009
Subject: Al Green, People...
"River" is an Al Green tune, and I bet you $5 that Jerry knew it prior to it being covered by the band (all of em knew the old R&B/Motown stuff)


That is all.
Reviewer: shakedownstreet1995 - - August 3, 2008
Subject: dead in graceland......
great shows at the pyramid. took 23 yrs to get the dead back to memphis and it was worth it. great crowds down by the lazy river...

leaving spring valley, illinois for memphis, we joked about how many dead heads could go to graceland in 2 days. we were so surprised because when we got to graceland before the deads second day, there were HUNDREDS OF DEAD HEAD HEADS AND TIE DYED SHIRTS. what a beautiful sight, indeed!! (PEACE TO MY BROTHER, BRADLEY)
Reviewer: jef926 - - June 7, 2008
Subject: Not a talking heads original
Talking Heads covered "Take Me to the River". It's a soul song from the 60's.
Reviewer: FreeWorld - - June 7, 2008
Subject: April Fool's Day Memphis!!!
The last time the dead played Memphis was '72. To play "in a pyramid." To send the City Council a treatise of what was to come. About 10,000 "new citizens" will be dropping off at your doorstep, for the weekend.

The cops were so cool. I was proud, having been born and spread in Memphis. I had been to so many of these cats towns; and it was finaly nice to have everyone in my home town.

Jerry and Bobby were sitting on the bus before the show. They were trying to figure out the theme for this show, so many choices. They decided on "River theme" for the first part.

Bobby, later, looks at Jerry and says, "Do you know the Talking Heads?"

Jerry says, "Yeah, I know 'em."

Bobby says, "Do you know, 'Take Me to the River'?"

Jerry says he knows it, but doesn't know how to play it. So, Bobby teaches Jerry on the bus, and third song in was Take Me to the River.
Reviewer: patkelley - - March 22, 2008
Subject: Foolish Heart
Always one of my favorites. This is a...strange version. It's actually very good, if not excellent. But it doesn't really come together in the jam until about 8 measures before they're back into the verses. But when it does resolve itself, it seems to make perfect sense. Garcia lays back a little, and lets the rest of the band vamp on the chords. Then he brings it all back. It's not the best version I've heard (that would be Buckeye Lake '93), but it's a really good one. Also, Childhood's End is very nice on this show. This is probably the absolute least listened to or talked about GD song in the history of their career. But this and the acoustic version from 94 are keepers.
Reviewer: Cnick - - January 25, 2008
Subject: Great Show? Rockin?
I LOVE the Dead too, but let us be realistic. This is a prelude to the atrocity that comes in the summer. No sharp turns and not really inspired. Everything is muffled on the ends. The 13 minute Foolish can be equated to a torturous stroll across lilly pads in crocodile alley. Was that a jam during Saint? Sounded like the push to a bathroom stall while peaking on microdots. And Eyes, come on....either this recording or the band is really skewed. Being there, this had to have been one of the worst Eyes that they ever played. Listen to the turns ...there's no jam and Jerry is muddling through it.

This recording is not too good as well. It sounds like it's being pumped through the water at an apple bobbing contest.

Let's get real. The quality of the show is not predetermined by the experience in the parking lot. But then again, my first show was Merriweather '85, so I may be a little biased. While this recording may evoke some great memories of good times, the reviews are for "these" recordings, not whether you managed to evade arrest while driving 200 mph thru downtown while peaking on a 1/4 of shrooms.
Reviewer: omnihead - - January 25, 2008
Subject: mixed feelings: AWESOME Foolish!
I had just gotten back home from the 3/26 and the 3/27 shows in Atlanta. I remember the scene blowing Atlanta away; the cops were laid back in Memphis as well. There was a lot of anticipation in the air. Maybe it being april fools had something to do with it. Anyway, the show itself was average. Probably the weakest of the Atlanta/Memphis/Birmingham run. Although the Candyman and Lazy River Rd. are both beautiful. Couple of my favorite versions. The Foolish Heart that opened the second set was AMAZING. The build up/jam before the "bite your hand" verse was the best of any version I have ever heard. Eyes was ok. Standing on the Moon was another standout; Jerry's voice has that crack to it that puts goosebumps on your skin. The sound of this show sounds muddy however; especially at the beginning of Foolish heart. I thought it might have something to do with the acoustics of the pyramid, but the recording from the next night sounds crystal clear. 3 and 1/2 stars for the performance. Still better than nearly any summer tour show (sans 5/26, 6/2, and 7/9). 2 and a half stars for the sound. By the way...I HATED Foolish Heart till I heard it at this show. This version has gotten more repeated listens by me than any other song in my whole 1500 hour GD live collection. I use to make fun of this song. It was down there with I Will Take You Home and Day Job. Funny how things change.
Reviewer: DAKOTAHrayne - - October 31, 2007
Subject: memphis bluses
Great show,im from Mem & was going strong 7years prier the boys knew it was last spring tour(the cluses)unbroken&memphis,if you know the history of memphis.killer sound qu,out of this world setlist the slab of the pyramid crack 20ft dering drums april fools 2 encore.
Reviewer: Head2Red - - April 4, 2007
Subject: 1st show
soun reminds me of it, but remember more (believe or not) It was my first show and i might be bias but I thought it was kickass. It got me hooked. Went to St. Louis, Deer Creek, and SHYTOWN of the summer tour. BUMMER had to end. All in all Memphis rules, and I love how they relate to surroundings.
Reviewer: lobster12 - - May 7, 2006
Subject: fugly
With about 30 seconds left of take me To the river Parrish must have poked Jer with a stick to wake him up because I actually heard his guitar (midi laden, of course). I'm like the abused housewife who keeps coming back for more on this 95 tour. Sad. St of Circumstance, which is one of my faves, is a trainwreck at this point.
Reviewer: primalscrn - - May 24, 2005
Subject: great show
it sounds like it coming out of a rotating leslie speaker. vocals sound crisp though, thought it was a great show, even better city to see the boys!
Reviewer: ****eagle____ - - May 12, 2005
Subject: We Slept on the Streets
I was there. This was the best atmospher of any show I went to beside Vegas....never got farther West ..but the West Coast heads were kind...They vend beer in pushcarts and let the family members sleep on the sidewalks..I was in both night..have pics..the grove was there..the whole place dropped 2 ft when the first note was played due to so many boppin' fools...Not the best shows ever...but one of the best times....I'm still looking for a Skelvis shirt....and one of the pics we have...Has Elvis at the show...swear to Jerry..
Reviewer: dmilks - - May 11, 2005
Subject: 3 stars tops....
In my opinion, 3 stars is a pretty generous rating.

This recording sounds like a lossy format converted back to .wav files. It is not a very good sounding recording, but it is better than nothin' I guess.

3 stars is really for the Foolish, if it weren't for that, I would have given it a 2 (and that includes a bias: I was there).
Reviewer: Hippy Chic - - April 27, 2005
Subject: 4EVER GR8FUL
This is to the reviewer "Touch Heads Rule" your mom still looks like Phil in a dress,sorry:)
Reviewer: AikoAllDay - - March 30, 2005
Subject: LOTS of fun
This was the show we were waiting for ever since we heard the tour dates, and I was calling for a Candyman! This was the first time I traveled East of the Mississippi for a show and it wasn't east by far.Well played show with lots of favs and tons of atmosphere, and great times after.

To the guy (girls don't say those things) posting as "Hippy Chick" , your review is totally immature and inappropriate and sullys some of our great memories of this show. Isn't there somewhere else you could enjoy your "fun"
Reviewer: touch heads rule - - March 30, 2005
Subject: Awesome town
The band should have started coming here years ago, it's a happening town with great post show entertainment. Unfortunately by this time the GD weren't what they use to be and Memphis missed out on a real Grateful Dead show.Nice inclusion of Candyman though.
Reviewer: Pearly Baker - - February 21, 2005
Subject: SOTM
April Fools Day in Memphis, ain't no place I'd rather be. Candyman and Foolish Heart ate the cake here. I took my son to this show the day before his 1st birthday, drove from Tulsa the night before to see Jerry and the boys and peacefully drive back in time to celebrate at Grandma and Grandpa's house, they never knew!
Reviewer: samson320 - - November 30, 2004
Subject: id rether be with you
shittty show sound is a little off not as bad as a fellow review described it but its not top notch , the standing on the other hand is a top 5 in my book great all around jam at the espically the ryhthm devils, jerrys also very into it you can tell 5 for the standing two for the rest
Reviewer: ivanw - - September 4, 2004
Subject: Are you people deaf?
This soundboard sounds like shit...

I hear a very low frequency modulation of muddy/bright/muddy/bright/etc. which renders this recording unlistenable (check out the Foolish Heart).

No offense to the great sources of quality shows out there ... but this is not one of them.
Reviewer: Uncle Petrix - - May 28, 2004
Subject: There is something really strange here...
Had to work during this run, but I made ATL and Birmingham and I have to say that both Pyramid shows are quite excellent. Kind of bummed I had to miss these, although I don't think this night stands up to the 2nd night. Take Me to the River has to be the greatest moment of this one. It is just wonderful to finally have Grate quality soundboards of this run. I live in Nashville, yet of all the concerts I ended up missing, these had to be the ones. Naturally. But thanks to all the kind folks out there, we can all sit back and enjoy...something else, maybe?? Nahh, we need nothing but the Good Ol' Grateful Dead. Flubs and all...
Reviewer: morningdew77 - - May 20, 2004
Subject: solid show
I got an audience recording of this last year, and it was nearly intolerable, so this version was quite welcome. I would say that this is a cut above the average 95 example - but 3 of the first set songs, (Masterpiece, Childhood's, and Lazy River Road) are not half as strong as 7-9-95, in my opinion. Like most set-closing Deal's of 89-95, this one takes a while to get going, and although it cooks to some degree, Jerry seems a 1/2 step (excuse the pun) behind the rest.
For all intents and purposes, (the very solid stand-alone 'Saint' notwithstanding), this show will see circulation in my cd player on the strength of a huge April fools day 'Foolish Heart'. If someone knows of a better one, I'd love to hear it.
Small gripe: Standing on the moon is played quite well here, with a late surge and emotive singing by jerry, but standing on the moon is NOT a set closer. i think morning dew is the only ballad that could fall under that rubric...
Reviewer: mattgoodie - - May 19, 2004
Subject: April Fools
Ditto to the above. Simply put, I have never been the same since the Pyramid. Funny thing was that the April Fool's joke was that the better show was the night after 4/2/95. Don't get me wrong, I had a blast, but Jerry was more together the 2nd night. Thank you SO much Archive for a SBD of both night.

Forever Grateful.
-MG
Reviewer: BensDad - - May 19, 2004
Subject: There is a HEAVEN and it's address is www.archive.org
I have waited to get a SBD recording of this show for just over nine years and my friends at the archive you just made my day, AGAIN!! This was probably the single best show of 95. From the Hell in a Bucket right into the hottest Candyman I have ever heard then the first Take Me to the River, which was a nice suprise indeed, then lazy River Road, Masterpiece, Childhoods End all the way up to a JAMMIN JAMMIN Deal to end the first set.

Second set Foolish Heart (whooo hoooo) opener. Long Way to go Home then on to the charged Saint of Circumstance. The Eyes of the World into Drums was so so fantastically ROCKING! The Wheel out of Space was a treat for sure then a really jammy All along the Watchtower, and the Standing on the Moon which at this particular show was phenomenal. Jerry was singing from his soul on this tune for sure. Encore was a given. One More Saturday Night, but no ordinary Saturday night by any means.

The energy in the Pyramid that night was simply beautiful, and unlike any I had ever witnessed before in my adult life. Both the band and the crowd were into it and the place was simply ON FIRE. This was my first Foolish Heart and I had waited many a show to catch it. What can I say other than WOW!!! The quality of this recording is absolutley PERFECT, it's just simply RIGHT ON!! It puts the box set that I paid $100 for to shame.

Oh how long have I waited for SBDS of these shows. My wait is over. That whole weekend in Memphis was a time I will never forget as long as I live. The scene there was that of the mellowest run of shows I have ever been to. It's hard to believe that Jerry would be gone a little over four months later. I felt like they were ging to play forever that night, and I would have stood there and listened forever if they would have, and I don't think that I would have been the only one. Thank You archive.org for all you have done and continue to do. It's the little things in life like this that put smiles on peoples faces like mine. I LOVE YOU!!!
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